The 55th Annual Clarkson Czech Festival was held on the main street of Clarkson, NE on June 23 through 25. The event drew thousands of people to enjoy the authentic meals of roasted pork, dumplings, sauerkraut, kolache, apple strudel, and Creska Buchta (a Clarkson trademark).
The festival promotes our beloved and cherished Czech heritage and culture with music, dancing, street vendors (selling food, drinks, and Czech items), a Czech museum, activities, demonstrations, parade, kolache eating contest, and Nebraska State Queen Pageant.
On Friday, there was music happening on one of three outdoor stages. The talent contest was held in the evening on the main stage in front of the Clarkson Opera House.
On Saturday, the quilt and craft show was held in the library. One of the Czech meals was held in the basement of the New Zion Presbyterian Church. Two trolley tours were provided with an emcee sharing the history of Clarkson. Children played games of chance and fun, enjoyed inflatable games on the midway, and had a pedal-tractor pull with winners going to the State Fair. Both Beseda and Czech dancers were on the main stage. Folks joined in on the button key accordion jams. The evening concluded with the Cesky Krajan and Ceska Krajanka presentation. Miss Janae Buckey, of Omaha, won the Nebraska State Czech Queen title and was crowned.
On Sunday, a Polka mass at the Catholic Church started the festivities. The second Czech meal was held at St. John Neumann School. There were three more shows of Czech singing and dancing as the day went on, and a parade to wrap things up.
Zapadni Svornost No. 28 (Clarkson, NE) entered a decorated van into the street parade. Members Tammy and Brooke Fossum joined with Darlene and Stanton Hrouda and a guest driver. Members were also active at the Clarkson Czech Museum, with Ruth Waters (museum president) giving tours and Alice Teply and Betty Harris greeting people at the entrance. Next year's event will be June 22 through 24, 2018. We hope to see you there.
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